The lift on the second floor of the Mall opened, and he stepped out, He saw her standing right in front of him!!
Their eyes met! And the world around them stopped in their own reference. Silence!
For a moment he was numb, then he managed to speak...
“Hi !!” he said... “Long time! Yahan kya kar rahi ho?”
“Nothing much... was just waiting for someone!”. She replied.
“2 years aah! Long time... Look at you you haven't changed! Still as beautiful as ever!” He said in a weakish soak voice. His eyes shining as if he is trav
eling memory lanes alongside.
“You too have not changed, still as complimenting as ever!” She smiled.
They were always just for you... he thought
just then there was a silence and uncomfortable lull in the air around them!
“Coffee?” He asked!
“Yes.. but rather quickly, I came to mall to go to another friend's place from here on! He will be here to pick me any moment.” she replied
“Okays! Then CCD as always... haan!” He asked with a formal smile.
“No barista would Be Better, I have changed My taste in coffee brand!”, she giggled. For him This sentence came very significantly!
“Okay as You wish mam...” He was happy to be with her, barista or CCD or whatever the place might be!
There was soft music in the coffee house as they made themselves comfortable. The usual high class scent was coming from the leather sofas. Slowly the song started playing from behind “ Jab Koi baat Bigad jaaye , Jab koi Mushkil Padh jaaye... Tum dena saath mera Oh Humnawa!”. Kumar sanu's brilliant vocals faded away as he sipped his Coffee, she was staring at the ground floor to check whether her friend have a
rrived or not! Peeping with a slight raise of her stretched neck, Those innocent eyes, small and cute... she was beautiful indeed! Her black and red dress princess type skirt was complimenting the High heel sandals as perfectly as always.
“What time did You gave him? He asked, words were hard to find to start a conversation!
“He might be here any minute..” she replied.
“ so will He mind seeing you in coffee shop with me or something?”
“No! Thats fine!, so... where have you been all this while?” She asked with a causal smile yet so beautiful.
“Just here, where else...” he sighed.
“what are you doing here in mall by the way...” she queried!
I came to sign some books there on the top floor at book cafe! He blushed with a sense of achievement pointing upwards towards the book shop, a banner outside which read “Meet The Writer”.
She looked there and then right back in his eyes and passed on a smile. A smile of satisfaction and a smile that reflected her purity as always.
“Not bad Mr! So you finally became a novelist! I always knew you would...” she was happy for him!
he closed his eyes and blinked in acceptance and after a pause said...
“I missed you when it released a week back! Wanted to let you know about it first...”
“Oh! its all right... actually I don't stay updated with all these literary stuff,else I myself would have called and congratulated you!”
“Oh yeah!” He sighed... he had been waiting for her one pho
ne call from past 2 years not one week!
“So Mr Author? What else with life....? How is mum and dad?”
You still call my mother, “mum”, she misses you a lot... “shall I dial and make her talk to you?” He asked hopefully!
“No I might not be able to talk properly as Loads of noise here!”
“thats fine,And yeah thats not noise... its a beautiful song, If you remember...” He said pointing a finger to the music speaker
“what???” she asked puzzled.
“I sang this to you once!” dimples of sweet memories came on his face. Dimples she once admired a lot
“Achaa! When???” she was still puzzled... she dint remembered anything it seems!
“Your Birthday two years back!” he replied in a saddish tone
“Oh yeah! You sang something but I dint remembered exactly what it was...” she was honest!
“You dint remembered a lot of things back then also...”
“Oh! please... can we not talk of that right now”. She dint wanted to fight again.
“we haven't ever talked of that actually”, he said and smiled!
A pause of a minute came and then he felt stupid of spoiling her mood, Oh gosh! I met her after two years or something and I started the stupid sarcasm all over again, shit! He thought! I got to make her smile right now only...
“How is your life dear? And you still move your feet when you sit like idiots” he said!
“Oh!! yeah!” She said and smiled... her eyes went in her cheeks as they came out!
Eh! that smile... haven't he missed it every single night in last two years!
Just then he stood from her seat and said...
“Hey ... I got to go! He is here... This is My Card. I work In Dubai.. let me know if you ever come there okays!” Saying this, She dropped her coffee mug on the table bang! and rushed outside the shop.
“Hey do read the book okay! LOVE, LIFE AND CELLPHONE is the title of it! Grab it sometime and mail me you feedback... My ID is still the same!” he said from behind, she turned back and smiled.
“Ok Ok! Bye! Nice meating you, Tc!” She said as her image faded from the moving staircase crowd.
He sat inside That shop again! Peeked from the window... she could see her running towards a tall smart guy who was wearing this Lavish suite! He noticed his own dirty shoes in comparison to his shining polished shoes. Bloooody me!
I should have dressed properly at least today... ahhhhhh! I hate myself!
The guy in the suit kissed her on cheek and they went out arm in arm looking like a very happy couple. Perhaps more then friends! Far far more! Ahhhhhhh! I hate myself ... he said to himself again!
May be I have not moved on a bit...!! he thought as he sipped back his coffee which was not hot anymore!
Just then a little girl came running to him and said... “I missed your autograph, I was late for the book signing!”. She said and stood right next to him holding the book and the glitter pen.
Not a problem sweety! Give it to me ...I will sign it right away! He replied with a awww!
He peeked in the first page, took the marker from her and signed it!
He stared at the first page... “dedicated to the endless night phone calls and messages to her”
He opened the last page! It was Epilogue...
which said On the last para of it...
“ I want to thank you for coming in my life and teaching me how to love.
For the endless mistakes I made and for the countless times you forgave me for them!
I might have never wrote this book as well as the 100 poems of my blog, Had I not been in deep deep love with your small eyes, Your red and black dress, Your way of loving me, Your way of moving that leg of yours every time you sat, Your way of putting your lower lip beneath your teeth and telling me with a smile how much you loved me!
I still miss you and I still apologize for that one terrible night when I shouted on you! Forgive me and please come back... Else I might never write a book again”
a tear rolled from his eye!
“I am sorry bhaiya... said that little 8 year old cute girl”
“For what” he asked ... sitting on her knees to make eye contact with that sweetu!
“cos I wazz late.. and made you sign thish late and made you cry alsho”
“AWWWW! He said.. and smiled”
Thanks for the autograph Bhaiya... she said and smiled back!
These kids na! They talk way maturely then their age these days!!!
She too ran out in tip toe, playing types, jumping hopping steps!!!
He again peeped at the door of the mall downwards... there was no one he recognized there.
He took the last sip of his coffee and wished that someday she reads this book or perhaps its rather too late now, and just then... the very next moment he wished he had a little sister like the cute girl whom he just met!
He haven't changed at all. he thought !!
( P.S. - Eyes are Blind, You have to see With Your Heart cos Most beautiful Things are Invisible)
(P.P.S - Dhalne lagi hai raat ..koi baat kijiye, Badne lagi hai baat... koi baat kijiye... Hai zindagi ka saath...Koi baat kijiye... Kat jaayegi Ye raat...Koi baat kijiye, Jaane tanhaai... humse kya , keh rahi hai? Dil ki gehraari... Humse kya keh rahi hai... Yun saadgi K saath Koi baat Kijiye... Ban kar rahegi Baat...Koi baat kijiye!)